Chennai: The state government should learn a lesson from Kerala's woes of massive inundation and take appropriate measures to protect the people and effectively impound the surplus water, as well, BJP state president Tamilisai Soundararajan has cautioned.
She called upon the government to ensure effective water management in order to augment the water resources. Desilting should also be take up she added.
"Tamil Nadu is facing several problems and at this juncture we should gear up to face the challenges arising out of natural calamities. Kerala, which is battling with the problems of inundation and landslips, has cautioned us to be prepared," Dr Tamilisai said on Tuesday. The state government should prioritise desilting and deepening of water bodies besides devise ways to judiciously impound the surplus water for agriculture and drinking purposes, without allowing the excess water to go waste into the sea, she added.
Meanwhile, BJP general secretary Vanathi Srinivasan along with the 'relief committee' leaders handed over cash and relief material collected by the BJP members, to party's Palakkad district president Krishna Kumar on Tuesday, for distribution to the affected families. Earlier, Dr Tamilisai flagged off over ten vehicles laden with relief material including food and other essentials for Kerala's Palakkad, from Coimbatore.
In a tweet, Union Minister of State for Finance and Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan said, "Cochin Port Trust has earmarked two berths at Mattancherry and Ernakulam wharfs for priority berthing of vessels bringing #KeralaFloodRelief materials. Two warehouses have been especially earmarked for free storage of relief materials and medicines. #KeralaFloods."
At the VOC Port Trust, Tuticorin, relief materials to the flood affected Kerala was flagged off by N. Vaiyapuri, deputy chairman, V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust on Tuesday evening.